Vlissengen route back for Mash!
After a series of changes in the route, the annual Mashramani Float Parade will make its way back to Vlissengen Road following calls from die-hard revellers.
Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for culture, Dr George Norton Thursday announced the decision to incorporate the traditional Vlissengen Road route for next year’s float parade.
“Persons have been clamouring that they wanted to reclaim that Vlissengen Road pathway and we’ve managed to have that … there’s no way we’re ever going to get back Church Street and I think persons need to accept that,” Dr Norton told reporters during a press conference at his Main Street Office.
The route for Mashramani 2018 commences from Thomas Lands where bands and revellers will march east towards Vlissengen Road and then south towards Durban Park where they will assemble.
“We’re confident that this new route we are going to adapt will meet everyone’s expectations,” Dr Norton stated.
Some other activities for the cultural occasion are a family fun day in the park, republic lecture series, children’s competitions, children’s costume and float parade, the soca monarch, cleanup exercises and the traditional flag-raising ceremony.
Dr Norton said the aim of his Ministry is to place more emphasis on the other aspects of Mashramani other than the float parade.
Mashramani 2018 will be celebrated under the theme ‘Let’s Cooperate and Celebrate Republic 48’.